Since 1999, Atlantic Business Magazine has dedicated one of its six issues per year to profiling Atlantic Canada’s most accomplished business leaders. Our intention is to give a worthy individual the recognition he/she deserves as well as to use their example to inspire other companies and business leaders to achieve similar success. Nominations are submitted by our readers and nominees are judged according to: their corporate, community and industry involvement; their company’s growth in recent years; and, their responses to various managerial challenges. A written profile and picture of all 50 award winners is printed in our May/June issue.

In 2002, the Top 50 awards program was expanded beyond our print publication with the recruitment of corporate sponsors and the introduction of a golf networking event and awards ceremony.

In 2005, the Top 50 awards program evolved once again, this time transforming into a formal red-carpet reception, dinner and awards gala. The gala is the first public announcement of the Top 50 CEO award winners. We also created our Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame awards (inductees are five-time Top 50 CEO award winners) and named a CEO of the Year for the entire region. The CEO of the Year is chosen from the ranks of the Top 50 CEO award winners.

The new element in 2006 was the introduction of our Top 50 CEO scholarship program. Graduate-level Business or Management Studies students throughout Atlantic Canada have an opportunity to win $5,000 plus a year-long mentorship with one of Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEO award winners. The Top 50 CEO Scholarship will be awarded annually to the part-time or full-time graduate-level business or management studies student currently attending university in Atlantic Canada who best exemplifies the characteristics of Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEO award winners.

While Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEO Awards are already recognized as Atlantic Canada’s premiere business recognition event, our constant goal is to surpass the success of the year before.